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Iraq: Diplomatic outreach amid economic pressures

Gulf outreach: Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi has been leading a concerted effort to rebuild ties with Iraq’s Gulf Co-operation Council neighbours, with a series of visits to regional capitals since April. A string of political and economic agreements were signed in Riyadh, followed by talks in Kuwait and Oman’s re-establishment of full diplomatic relations. After a visit to Doha, Abdul-Mahdi said Baghdad was “keen to establish the best relations with our Arab and Islamic surroundings and neighbouring countries”.

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